January 29, 2023

Collections Spotlight: Tornadoes

Tornado images Tornado scenes in St. Louis 1896 Insurance map illustrating scope of damage by tornado in Gainesville, Georgia Tornado sheet music U.S. historical newspaper coverage related to tornadoes Books America's Greatest Flood and Tornado Calamity c. 1913 The Great Tornado of 1821 in New Hampshire A Modern Herculaneum: Story of the New Richmond Tornado (1899) Pictured Story of the Tornado St. Louis, May 27, 1896 Omaha Tornado-Album images + text in German c. … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Civilian Conservation Corps

Civilian Conservation Corps image set Civilian Conservation Corps images by state CCC Legacy Civilian Conservation Corps oral history recordings Civilian Conservation Corps historical newspaper articles Reports & other texts related to the Civilian Conservation Corps More Civilian Conservation Corps documents CCC Legacy Federal regulations related to the Civilian Conservation Corps Modern U.S. legislation related to the Civilian Conservation Corps The Civilian … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: The Sauk & the Black Hawk War

Sauk image set Sauk Indians historical newspaper coverage Sac Indians historical newspaper coverage Black Hawk 1832 historical newspaper coverage 1832 historical newspaper mention of the Black Hawk War More Black Hawk War historical newspaper coverage Sac & Fox primary source set Battle of Bad Axe print 1857 Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk, and scenes in the West: a national poem in six cantos 1849 Life and Adventures of Black Hawk 1854 Scenes and … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Great Migration

Primary sources A Century of Negro Migration: The Exodus During the World War 1918 Negro migration historic newspaper articles Image sets African Americans in the United States 1910-1970 (scroll to sort further by years or location) Black Belt, Chicago Negro business and professional men and women Colored housing Negro housing Integration Segregation Nicodemus, Kansas primary source set Elmer Thomas life history Great Migration primary source set … [Read more...]

Citizen U & Engaging Congress: Free Workshops in IL & TX

WHY These free in-person workshops will help civic-minded educators develop engaged citizens by: improving inquiry-based teaching using Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) methodology; reviewing the elementary through high school inquiry-based Citizen U interdisciplinary civics lessons interacting with the free civics app Engaging Congress; previewing the Library of Congress TPS Civics micro-credential pilot. WHO 6th–12th grade educators in all content … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Race Riots/Protests

Wilmington, North Carolina 1898 1898 newspaper coverage Early African American Perspectives on the Wilmington Race Riots Documenting the American South 1898 Monument and Memorial Park Documenting the American South New York City 1900 August, 1900: select newspaper articles more 1900 newspaper coverage Atlanta, Georgia 1906 1906 newspaper coverage E. W. Evans oral history transcript Atlanta riot recollections Letter from Francis Jackson Garrison to Booker T. … [Read more...]

Today in History: Wild Bill Hickok

Today in History–May 27–the Library of Congress features James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, born on this date in 1837 in Illinois. Hickok was involved in the Kansas free state movement and was a scout and spy for the Union during the Civil War. Later he held a number of positions in law enforcement. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources related to this legendary marksman. "Wild Bill" Hickok images Life and Marvelous … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Vachel Lindsay

Books by Vachel Lindsay Adventures while preaching the gospel of beauty  c. 1914 A handy guide for beggars, especially those of the poetic fraternity 1916 The golden book of Springfield 1920 "General William Booth enters into Heaven" lyrics by Vachel Lindsay (video of song performance) Vachel Lindsay historic newspaper coverage through 1922 Vachel Lindsay images Illinois Digital Archives Vachel Lindsay bio and correspondence with Sara Teasdale Vachel Lindsay … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Why I Believe in Santa

Click the newspaper above to zoom in to the page. First read the center article, "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus." What was the editor's claim and what arguments did he make to support that claim? Now read what the citizens of Rock Island had to say about Santa Claus and the Christmas spirit. What themes do these stories convey? What sense of community do you get from them? Write about the spirit of a holiday that is special to you, describing why it is meaningful to you and the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Oral Histories & Personal Narratives

LOC.gov contains numerous oral history and personal narrative resources. Check out the lists below! Teaching resources Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Oral Histories Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Learning from the Source: Digital Stories of Our Heroes Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborer Perspectives Primary Source Learning: September 11, 2001 Capturing an Oral History: Tips for Students Billy the Kid: … [Read more...]